Research participants wanted

It is generally accepted that stammering is a complex and interesting phenomenon with different aspects and many unknowns. There is a growing recognition of the need to gain a deeper understanding of stammering from the perspective of the person who stammers. The aim of the study is to increase understanding of the experiences of adults who stammer. The study aims to inform Counselling Psychology practice and research and to contribute to the development of therapeutic interventions.

Triona Lanigan is looking for people to take part in her study “A life story approach to understanding the experiences of adults who stammer”.

The research is being conducting as part of a Doctoral Degree in Counselling Psychology. The research is being supervised by Prof. Barbara Hannigan who is a core staff member on the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology programme at Trinity College Dublin.

You can contact Triona on lanigac@tcd.ie

ISAYiT! Autumn Term

Irish Stammering Association are delighted to announce another ISAYiT! term.

The group will run on Thursday evenings from 11th October in Temple Bar, Dublin (5.30 – 7 p.m.) for 8 weeks.

Led by Clare Maguire of the Gaiety School of Acting, ISAYiT! is a place for young people who stammer to come together and try out acting and performing as well as having some fun and games in a pressure free environment.

The cost for the week is subsidised at €60. Places are limited so get in touch as soon as possible. Participants can be aged 7 and up.

Contact us on 085 185 7721 or email us… youngisa@stammeringireland.ie

Here’s what some of ISAYiT! members can tell you about stammering…

Latest News : Women’s Phone Group

Women’s Phone Group starting again in the autumn. The monthly phone group for women who stammer is starting again in Sept, if you are interested in taking part in one of the calls please contact phonegroups@stammeringireland.ie or call the ISA phone number 01 872 4405 , all you need to take part is a landline, there is no cost to participants as the calls are fully sponsored by ISA. Calls take place in the evening and usually last an hour. If you are a woman who stammers and would like to share your experiences with a group of other women who stammer then let us know.

ISAYiT! Summer Camps 2012 – Dublin and Galway

Irish Stammering Association are delighted to announce two ISAYiT! summer camps.

We’re running our fourth Dublin summer camp and we’ll also be heading West to Galway.

Our Dublin camp will run from Monday 16th July to Friday 20th July in Temple Bar, Dublin (9.30 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.)

Our Galway camp will run from Tuesday 24th July to Friday 27th July in Galway City (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.).

Led by teachers from the Gaiety School of Acting, ISAYiT! provides a place for young people who stammer from age 8 to 16 to try a bit of acting and stagecraft. There will be opportunity for story writing and no doubt some (messy) costume making and set design!

There will be plenty of fun and games during the week and new friends to be made.

Places are limited so get in touch as soon as possible.

The cost for the week is subsidized by HSE / National Lottery grant at. Our 5 day Dublin camp is €100. Our 4 day Galway camp is €80.

Contact us on 085 185 7721 or email us… youngisa@stammeringireland.ie

ISAYiT! video about stammering

ISAYiT! the Irish Stammering Association Youth international Theatre! have made a video.

The youngsters from the group talk about what it’s like to have a stammer, what happens and how it feels. They discus the challenges, the changes that can happen and even some of the good things that stammering can bring.

So get out the popcorn, sit back and enjoy!

For more info on ISAYiT! summer camps this July and term time activities contact us on 085 185 7721 or email us… youngisa@stammeringireland.ie

Ciara Daly sponsored by ISA in Cork Rose Selection

Ciara Daly is being sponsored by ISA in this weekend’s Cork Rose Selection. The winner goes on to represent Cork in this year’s Rose of Tralee.

Ciara says she’s delighted to representing ISA and bringing more awareness of stammering and its effects. We’ll keep you posted on how she gets on. Here’s a photo of Ciara with the other finalists visiting Fota Island Resort

Here’s Ciara’s biography:

“Ciara is a Speech and Language Therapist in Co. Wicklow. Originally from Cork, Ciara is undertaking a Masters in stammering at Trinity College Dublin. Ciara is passionate about helping people who stammer and qualified as European clinical specialist in fluency disorders from Lessius University, Antwerp. Ciara is sponsored by the Irish Stammering Association.Her ambition is to set up a drama group for children with speech disorders in Cork. Bitten by the travel bug early, Ciara has travelled extensively. She is family orientated and has inherited her brothers love for rock music. She recently fulfilled her ambition of learning to play the drums but it’s a work in progress!”

Irish Stammering Association wishes Ciara the very best of luck this weekend!